by Mike Slodki
Kaneland wasted no time impressing faithful fans at the Peterson Prep on Saturday, and continued the top-notch effort on Tuesday in familiar territory.
The Knights pulled out a close .5 win in the annual Peterson Prep with 83 points, compared to 82.5 for West Aurora.
Geneva (80), Dundee-Crown (73) and Sycamore (45.5) rounded out the top five while Rich Central finished sixth in the 15-team invite (33).
Logan Markuson schooled the field and became 110 meter high hurdles champ with a 14.74 second effort in the finals. Markuson came back in the 300m hurdles with a 40.34 time and took first.
The 4x100m relay foursome of Lucas Ross, Colin Zagel, Brendan McCarthy and Blake Serpa finished third at 45.18.
Those same four entries finished the 4x200m course in 1:35.51, good for second.
On Tuesday, Ross felt that as good as that even is, thereâ€™s more work to be done at this stage of the season.
â€œ4x200m is the one Iâ€™d like to improve on, for sure,â€ Ross said. â€œWeâ€™d like to get our times down for that one. Weâ€™re working on our handoffs and getting the kinks out.â€
Hayden Johnson, Derek Bus, Edgar Valle, Logan Markuson took second in the 4x400m relay at 3:31.02
High jumper Nick Sinonâ€™s 6 feet, four inch effort was a second-place entry, while Markuson (13-0) and Josh Bloome (12-6) cleaned up the pole vault.
On Tuesday, Kaneland traveled to DeKalb to face off against the Barbs and Geneva Vikings, winning the event with 85 points. Geneva (67) and DeKalb (34) brought up the rear.
Kanelandâ€™s roster nabbed nine first places. The honors went to the 4×800 relay (9:04.8), Paul Davies in the 3200m run (10:30.5), Taylor Andrews in the 110m hurdles (15.14), Ross in the 100m dash (11.48), the 4x200m relay (1:35.9), Markuson in the 400m dash (52.79), Andrews in the 300m hurdles (42.14), Sinon in the high jump (5-10), Markuson in the vault (13-6) and the 4x400m relay team (3:34.89).
The Knights try to continue their good fortune with a trip to Sycamoreâ€™s Seegers Invite on Friday, May 1, and go with the Spartans to Yorkville on Tuesday, May 5.
Photo: Hayden Johnson tries to separate himself from the field during Saturdayâ€™s 4x400m relay. The foursome of Johnson, Derek Bus, Edgar Valle and Logan Markuson finished second at Kanelandâ€™s Peterson Prep. Courtesy Photo